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RICHWallace D. Wattles
Timeless wisdom and a
practical, step-by-step
prosperity program from a
forgotten 1910 classic
With a new introduction by Rebecca Fine


Wallace D. Wattles

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Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................................. v
Preface ................................................................................................................................ vii
Chapter 1: The Right To Be Rich ................................................................................................ 1
Chapter 2: There Is A Science of Getting Rich ............................................................................ 3
Chapter 3: Is Opportunity Monopolized? .................................................................................... 5
Chapter 4: The First Principle in The Science of Getting Rich ..................................................... 7
Chapter 5: Increasing Life.......................................................................................................... 11
Chapter 6: How Riches Come To You ....................................................................................... 15
Chapter 7: Gratitude ................................................................................................................. 19
Chapter 8: Thinking in The Certain Way .................................................................................. 21
Chapter 9: How To Use The Will .............................................................................................. 25
Chapter 10: Further Use of The Will ........................................................................................... 29
Chapter 11: Acting in The Certain Way ...................................................................................... 31
Chapter 12: Efficient Action ........................................................................................................ 35
Chapter 13: Getting Into The Right Business .............................................................................. 39
Chapter 14: The Impression of Increase....................................................................................... 41
Chapter 15: The Advancing Personality ....................................................................................... 43
Chapter 16: Some Cautions and Concluding Observations ......................................................... 45
Chapter 17: A Summary of The Science of Getting Rich ............................................................. 49
Appendix A: Support The Network ................................................................................................ li
Appendix B: Get The Audiotapes ................................................................................................. liii

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ABOUT EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO, a man I’d never met sent me a book I’d never heard of by a man
who’d been dead nearly 90 years.
That little book changed my entire life. As I put into practice the principles you’ll learn about in
this book, the results were astonishing — and they began almost instantly and continue to this day.
When The Science of Getting Rich arrived in the mail that afternoon I immediately ripped open the
package, sat down, and read it with an open mind — mostly because the title was just so intriguing.
And even though I must admit I found some of the old-fashioned language and some of the ideas in the
first part a bit confusing, there was something about it that compelled me to reread those little confus-
ing bits two or three times until I got it!
Once I did that, I couldn’t stop reading until I’d read the whole thing!
Right away I began to put into practice what the book outlines ... and everything began to change.
“Coincidences" happened — happy ones that led to connections with people ... that led to more con-
nections ... that led to money beginning to flow toward me in increasingly larger amounts and from
several sources, including new and unexpected ones.
And even though changing your habitual thinking is difficult and I’m still not as good at it as I
intend to be, my businesses began to “click,” my income doubled , then tripled, and continues to rise
... my cramped city apartment has given way to a spacious waterfront house ... I’ve established reward-
ing new relationships with many generous, successful, wealthy people ... and opportunities to be, do,
have, and give more continue to show up at my doorstep almost daily.
It’s amazing — and wonderful.
Until this book arrived, nothing I had ever read or heard before had explained to me so clearly that
there are universal laws at work regarding wealth and success and that if we’ll just work with those laws
— go with the tide instead of trying to swim against it (usually unknowingly) — the results we want
will begin to come to us. That if we will scientifically reproduce the causes of wealth, we will invariably
reproduce the results.
Now, right off the bat author Wallace D. Wattles says that instead of questioning how these prin-
ciples work, you’ll need simply to accept them and begin to practice them. So I did that, even though as
I read I did find myself resisting from time to time and thinking, “Well, I don’t know if I can agree with
that.” But I’d already decided just to accept (at least temporarily) each premise as if I did thoroughly
believ it.
By the time I finished the book I understood why he had included that warning. You see, some of
what you’ll read or hear will most likely challenge some of your previous thinking. That seems to be the
case for most people. But keep on, and you’ll soon see how Mr. Wattles beautifully builds each chapter
on what he presents in the preceding ones. I think you’ll find yourself saying — as I and many others
have — “Oh, now I see why he said that. Now I see how it all fits together.”
I believe, also, that you’ll find it absolutely refreshing to know that to get rich by the method
outlined here, it is essential that you embrace and practice what we all know as the Golden Rule ... that
the daily practice of gratitude is one of the conduits by which your wealth will come to you ... and that v
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by accomplishing your financial dreams through this method, everyone with whom you come into
contact will also have more.
A far cry from the dog-eat-dog, claw your way to the top, anything for a buck mentality so many
believe to be the only way to wealth.
Pay close attention to the message of this book with an open mind. Get a free copy of the entire
printed version (what you’re reading now) at The Science of Getting Rich Network website — — and read it. Print it out and give it to your friends. Distribute it on
your own website if you like. Join the Network and get the free weekly ezine to share in the insights and
amazing experiences of others. Focus constantly on your own personal vision and share that vision with
other like-minded people who are doing the same.
You WILL see results!
You already have within you everything you need to turn your dreams into reality. You are a person
of infinite worth and unique possibility. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a creative person, and
even if you’ve failed before, and even if you think you’ve tried everything, open your mind to this book.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” That has
certainly held true for me and many, many others, and perhaps you’re ready, too — right now. If you’re
not yet where you want to be in terms of income and your own personal success, the problem may not
be what you’re doing so much as how you’re doing it. And that begins with how you think.
If you want to change your life, you may just need to change your mind!

—Rebecca Fine
Olympia, WA
November, 1999

Editor’s Note
I’ve lightly edited the 90-year-old manuscript to accomodate modern readers. Unfortu-
nately, though, there is as yet no graceful way in English to avoid completely the use of the
masculine gender to represent all people, especially in working with such an old book.
Luckily for us women, we have vast experience in reading ourselves back in — just as we
have learned to dance backward! Where it does not interfere with the gracefulness of the
writing, I have changed man to person, men to people, and mankind to humankind.
To Mr. Wattles’ credit, although writing just after the turn of the 20th century, he
makes it clear that The Science of Getting Rich applies equally to men and women alike.


THIS BOOK IS PRAGMATICAL, NOT PHILOSOPHICAL — a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories.
It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money, who wish to get rich first,
and philosophize afterward. It is for those who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions
of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were
It is expected that the reader will take the fundamental statements upon faith, just as he would take
statements concerning a law of electrical action if they were promulgated by a Marconi or an Edison,
and, taking the statements upon faith, that he will prove their truth by acting upon them without fear
or hesitation. Every man or woman who does this will certainly get rich, for the science herein applied
is an exact science and failure is impossible.
In writing this book I have sacrificed all other considerations to plainness and simplicity of style, so
that all might understand. The plan of action laid down herein was deduced from the conclusions of
philosophy. It has been thoroughly tested, and bears the supreme test of practical experiment: It works. vii
CHAPTER 1: The Right To Be Rich


The Right To Be Rich

WHATEVER MAY BE SAID IN PRAISE OF POVERTY, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really
complete or successful life unless one is rich. No one can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or
soul development unless he has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to de-velop talent he must
have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.
A person develops in mind, soul, and body by making use of things, and society is so organized
that man must have money in order to become the possessor of things. Therefore, the basis of all
advancement must be the science of getting rich.
The object of all life is development, and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the
development it is capable of attaining.
A person’s right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which
may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfoldment; or, in other words, his right
to be rich.
In this book, I shall not speak of riches in a figurative way. To be really rich does not mean to be
satisfied or contented with a little. No one ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of using and
enjoying more. The purpose of nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life, and everyone should
have all that can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of life. To be content with less
is sinful.
The person who owns all he wants for the living of all the life he is capable of living is rich, and no
person who has not plenty of money can have all he wants. Life has advanced so far and become so
complex that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth in order to live
in a manner that even approaches completeness. Every person naturally wants to become all that they
are capable of becoming. This desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we
cannot help wanting to be all that we can be. Success in life is becoming what you want to be. You can
become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only
as you become rich enough to buy them. To understand the science of getting rich is therefore the most
essential of all knowledge.
There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer,
fuller, and more abundant life — and that desire is praiseworthy. The person who does not desire to live
more abundantly is abnormal, and so the person who does not desire to have money enough to buy all
he wants is abnormal.
There are three motives for which we live: We live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the
soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three —
body, mind, or soul — can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression. It is not
right or noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body, and it is wrong to live for the intellect and
deny body or soul. 1
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We are all acquainted with the loathsome consequences of living for the body and denying both
mind and soul, and we see that real life means the complete expression of all that a person can give forth
through body, mind, and soul. Whatever he can say, no one can be really happy or satisfied unless his
body is living fully in its every function, and unless the same is true of his mind and his soul. Wherever
there is unexpressed possibility or function not performed, there is unsatisfied desire. Desire is possibil-
ity seeking expression or function seeking performance.
A person cannot live fully in body without good food, comfortable clothing, and warm shelter,
and without freedom from excessive toil. Rest and recreation are also necessary to his physical life.
One cannot live fully in mind without books and time to study them, without opportunity for
travel and observation, or without intellectual companionship.
To live fully in mind a person must have intellectual recreations, and must surround himself with
all the objects of art and beauty he is capable of using and appreciating.
To live fully in soul, a person must have love, and love is denied fullest expression by poverty.
A person’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds its
most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The individual who has nothing to give cannot fill
his place as a spouse or parent, as a citizen, or as a human being. It is in the use of material things that a
person finds full life for his body, develops his mind, and unfolds his soul. It is therefore of supreme
importance to each individual to be rich.
It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich. If you are a normal man or woman you cannot
help doing so. It is perfectly right that you should give your best attention to the science of getting rich,
for it is the noblest and most necessary of all studies. If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your
duty to yourself, to God and humanity, for you can render to God and humanity no greater service than
to make the most of yourself.

CHAPTER 2: There Is A Science of Getting Rich


There Is A Science of Getting Rich

THERE IS A SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are
certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches, and once these laws are learned and obeyed by
anyone, that person will get rich with mathematical certainty.
The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way, and those
who do things in this certain way — whether on purpose or accidentally — get rich, while those who do
not do things in this certain way — no matter how hard they work or how able they are — remain poor.
It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects, and, therefore, any man or woman
who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich.
That the above statement is true is shown by the following facts:
Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for if it were, all the people in certain neighborhoods
would become wealthy. The people of one city would all be rich, while those of other towns would all be
poor, or all the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth, while those of an adjoining state would be
in poverty.
But everywhere we see rich and poor living side by side, in the same environment, and often
engaged in the same vocations. When two people are in the same locality and in the same business, and
one gets rich while the other remains poor, it shows that getting rich is not primarily a matter of
environment. Some environments may be more favorable than others, but when two people in the same
business are in the same neighborhood and one gets rich while the other fails, it indicates that getting
rich is the result of doing things in a certain way.
And further, the ability to do things in this certain way is not due solely to the possession of talent,
for many people who have great talent remain poor, while others who have very little talent get rich.
Studying the people who have gotten rich, we find that they are an average lot in all respects,
having no greater talents and abilities than other people have. It is evident that they do not get rich
because they possess talents and abilities that others do not have, but because they happen to do things
in a certain way.
Getting rich is not the result of saving, or thrift. Many very penurious people are poor, while free
spenders often get rich.
Nor is getting rich due to doing things which others fail to do, for two people in the same business
often do almost exactly the same things, and one gets rich while the other remains poor or becomes
From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the result of doing things
in a certain way.
If getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way, and if like causes always produce like
effects, then any man or woman who can do things in that way can become rich, and the whole matter
is brought within the domain of exact science. 3
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The question arises here as to whether this certain way may not be so difficult that only a few may
follow it. As we have seen, this cannot be true (as far as natural ability is concerned). Talented people get
rich, and blockheads get rich; intellectually brilliant people get rich, and very stupid people get rich;
physically strong people get rich, and weak and sickly people get rich.
Some degree of ability to think and understand is, of course, essential, but insofar as natural ability
is concerned, any man or woman who has sense enough to read and understand these words can cer-
tainly get rich.
Also, we have seen that it is not a matter of environment. Yes, location counts for something. One
would not go to the heart of the Sahara and expect to do successful business.
Getting rich involves the necessity of dealing with people and of being where there are people to
deal with, and if these people are inclined to deal in the way you want to deal, so much the better. But
that is about as far as environment goes. If anybody else in your town can get rich, so can you, and if
anybody else in your state can get rich, so can you.
Again, it is not a matter of choosing some particular business or profession. People get rich in every
business and in every profession, while their nextdoor neighbors in the very same vocation remain in
It is true that you will do best in a business which you like and which is congenial to you. And if
you have certain talents which are well developed, you will do best in a business which calls for the
exercise of those talents.
Also, you will do best in a business which is suited to your locality: An ice cream parlor would do
better in a warm climate than in Greenland, and a salmon fishery will succeed better in the northwest
than in Florida, where there are no salmon.
But, aside from these general limitations, getting rich is not dependent upon your engaging in
some particular business, but upon your learning to do things in a certain way. If you are now in
business and anybody else in your locality is getting rich in the same business, while you are not getting
rich, it is simply because you are not doing things in the same way that the other person is doing them.
No one is prevented from getting rich by lack of capital. True, as you get capital the increase
becomes more easy and rapid, but one who has capital is already rich and does not need to consider how
to become so. No matter how poor you may be, if you begin to do things in the certain way you will
begin to get rich and you will begin to have capital. The getting of capital is a part of the process of
getting rich and it is a part of the result which invariably follows the doing of things in the certain way.
You may be the poorest person on the continent and be deeply in debt. You may have neither
friends, influence, nor resources, but if you begin to do things in this way, you must infallibly begin to
get rich, for like causes must produce like effects. If you have no capital, you can get capital. If you are in
the wrong business, you can get into the right business. If you are in the wrong location, you can go to
the right location.
And you can do so by beginning in your present business and in your present location to do things
in the certain way which always causes success. You must begin to live in harmony with the laws govern-
ing the universe.

CHAPTER 3: Is Opportunity Monopolized?


Is Opportunity Monopolized?

around it. You may be shut off from engaging in business in certain lines, but there are other channels
open to you.
At different periods the tide of opportunity sets in different directions, according to the needs of
the whole and the particular stage of social evolution which has been reached. There is abundance of
opportunity for the person who will go with the tide, instead of trying to swim against it.
So workers, either as individuals or as a class, are not deprived of opportunity. The workers are not
being “kept down” by their masters; they are not being “ground” by the trusts and big business. As a
class, they are where they are because they do not do things in a certain way.
The working class may become the master class whenever they will begin to do things in a certain
way. The law of wealth is the same for them as it is for all others. This they must learn, and they will
remain where they are as long as they continue to do as they do. The individual worker, however, is not
held down by an entire class’s ignorance of these laws; he can follow the tide of opportunity to riches,
and this book will tell him how.
No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all.
A palace as large as the capitol at Washington might be built for every family on earth from the building
material in the United States alone, and under intensive cultivation this country would produce wool,
cotton, linen, and silk enough to clothe each person in the world finer than Solomon was arrayed in all
his glory, together with food enough to feed them all luxuriously.
The visible supply is practically inexhaustible, and the invisible supply really is inexhaustible.
Everything you see on earth is made from one original substance, out of which all things proceed. New
forms are constantly being made, and older ones are dissolving, but all are shapes assumed by one thing.
There is no limit to the supply of formless stuff, or original substance. The universe is made out of
it, but it was not all used in making the universe. The spaces in, through, and between the forms of the
visible universe are permeated and filled with the original substance, with the formless stuff — with the
raw material of all things. Ten thousand times as much as has been made might still be made, and even
then we should not have exhausted the supply of universal raw material.
No one, therefore, is poor because nature is poor or because there is not enough to go around.
Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run short. Original substance
is alive with creative energy, and is constantly producing more forms. When the supply of building
material is exhausted, more will be produced. When the soil is exhausted so that food stuffs and materials
for clothing will no longer grow upon it, it will be renewed or more soil will be made. When all the gold
and silver has been dug from the earth, if humanity is still in such a stage of social development that it
needs gold and silver, more will produced from the formless. The formless stuff responds to the needs of
mankind; it will not let the world be without any good thing. 5
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This is true of man collectively. The race as a whole is always abundantly rich, and if individuals are
poor it is because they do not follow the certain way of doing things which makes the individual rich.
The formless stuff is intelligent; it is stuff which thinks. It is alive and is always impelled toward
more life.
It is the natural and inherent impulse of life to seek to live more; it is the nature of intelligence to
enlarge itself, and of consciousness to seek to extend its boundaries and find fuller expression. The
universe of forms has been made by formless living substance throwing itself into form in order to
express itself more fully.
The universe is a great living presence, always moving inherently toward more life and fuller
Nature is formed for the advancement of life, and its impelling motive is the increase of life.
Because of this, everything which can possibly minister to life is bountifully provided. There can be no
lack unless God is to contradict himself and nullify his own works.
You are not kept poor by lack in the supply of riches. It is a fact which I shall demonstrate a little
farther on that even the resources of the formless supply are at the command of the man or woman who
will act and think in a certain way.

CHAPTER 4: The First Principle in The Science of Getting Rich


The First Principle in The Science of Getting Rich

The stuff from which all things are made is a substance which thinks, and a thought of form in this
substance produces the form.
Original substance moves according to its thoughts; every form and process you see in nature is the
visible expression of a thought in original substance. As the formless stuff thinks of a form, it takes that
form; as it thinks of a motion, it makes that motion. That is the way all things were created. We live in
a thought world, which is part of a thought universe. The thought of a moving universe extended
throughout formless substance, and the thinking stuff — moving according to that thought — took the
form of systems of planets, and maintains that form. Thinking substance takes the form of its thought,
and moves according to the thought.
Holding the idea of a circling system of suns and worlds, it takes the form of these bodies, and
moves them as it thinks. Thinking the form of a slow-growing oak tree, it moves accordingly, and
produces the tree, though centuries may be required to do the work. In creating, the formless seems to
move according to the lines of motion it has established. In other words, the thought of an oak tree does
not cause the instant formation of a full-grown tree, but it does start in motion the forces which will
produce the tree, along established lines of growth.
Every thought of form, held in thinking substance, causes the creation of the form, but always, or
at least generally, along lines of growth and action already established.
The thought of a house of a certain construction, if it
were impressed upon formless substance, might not cause
the instant formation of the house, but it would cause the
turning of creative energies already working in trade and
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commerce into such channels as to result in the speedy build- experiences, and thoughts of
ing of the house. And if there were no existing channels
through which the creative energy could work, then the house
other like-minded people in
would be formed directly from primal substance, without the online discussion group at
waiting for the slow processes of the organic and inorganic
No thought of form can be impressed upon original sub-
stance without causing the creation of the form.
A person is a thinking center and can originate thought. All the forms that a person fashions with
his hands must first exist in his thought. He cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.
So far, humankind has confined its efforts wholly to the work of its hands, applying manual labor
to the world of forms and seeking to change or modify those already existing. Humankind has never
thought of trying to cause the creation of new forms by impressing thought upon formless substance. 7
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When a person has a thought-form, he takes material from the forms of nature and makes an
image of the form which is in his mind. People have, so far, made little or no effort to cooperate with
formless intelligence — to work “with the Father.” The individual has not dreamed that he can “do
what he seeth the Father doing.” An individual reshapes and modifies existing forms by manual labor
and has given no attention to the question of whether he may produce things from formless substance
by communicating his thoughts to it.
We propose to prove that he may do so — to prove that any man or woman may do so — and to
show how. As our first step, we must lay down three fundamental propositions.
First, we assert that there is one original formless stuff or substance from which all things are made.
All the seemingly many elements are but different presentations of one element. All the many forms
found in organic and inorganic nature are but different shapes, made from the same stuff. And this stuff
is thinking stuff — a thought held in it produces the form of the thought. Thought, in thinking substance,
produces shapes. A human being is a thinking center, capable of original thought. If a person can
communicate his thought to original thinking substance, he can cause the creation, or formation, of the
thing he thinks about. To summarize this:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates,
penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can
cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
It may be asked if I can prove these statements, and without going into details I answer that I can
do so, both by logic and experience.
Reasoning back from the phenomena of form and thought, I come to one original thinking sub-
stance, and reasoning forward from this thinking substance, I come to a person’s power to cause the
formation of the thing he thinks about.
And by experiment, I find the reasoning true. This is my strongest proof.
If one person who reads this book gets rich by doing what it tells him to do, that is evidence in
support of my claim, but if every person who does what it tells him to do gets rich, that is positive proof
until someone goes through the process and fails. The theory is true until the process fails, and this
process will not fail, for everyone who does exactly what this book tells him to do will get rich.
I have said that people get rich by doing things in a certain way, and in order to do so, people must
become able to think in a certain way.
A person’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things.
To do things in the way you want to do them, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way
you want to think. This is the first step toward getting rich.
And to think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.
Every individual has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it
requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances.
To think according to appearances is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and
requires the expenditure of more power than any other work we are called upon to perform.
There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive
thought. It is the hardest work in the world. This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances.

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Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes
it, and this can only be prevented by holding the thought of the TRUTH.
To look upon the appearances of poverty will produce corresponding forms in your own mind,
unless you hold to the truth that there is no poverty; there is only abundance.
To think health when surrounded by the appearances of disease or to think riches when in the
midst of the appearances of poverty requires power, but whoever acquires this power becomes a master
mind. That person can conquer fate and can have what he wants.
This power can only be acquired by getting hold of the basic fact which is behind all appearances,
and that fact is that there is one thinking substance from which and by which all things are made.
Then we must grasp the truth that every thought held in this substance becomes a form, and that
man can so impress his thoughts upon it as to cause them to take form and become visible things.
When we realize this we lose all doubt and fear, for we know that we can create what we want to
create, we can get what we want to have, and can become what we want to be. As a first step toward
getting rich, you must believe the three fundamental statements given previously in this chapter, and in
order to emphasize them, I repeat them here:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates,
penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can
cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
You must lay aside all other concepts of the universe, and you must dwell upon this until it is fixed
in your mind and has become your habitual thought. Read these statements over and over again. Fix
every word upon your memory and meditate upon them until you firmly believe what they say. If a
doubt comes to you, cast it aside. Do not listen to arguments against this idea. Do not go to churches or
lectures where a contrary concept of things is taught or preached. Do not read magazines or books
which teach a different idea. If you get mixed up in your understanding, belief, and faith, all your efforts
will be in vain.
Do not ask why these things are true nor speculate as to how they can be true. Simply take them on
trust. The science of getting rich begins with the absolute acceptance of this. 9
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CHAPTER 5: Increasing Life


Increasing Life

YOU MUST GET RID OF THE LAST VESTIGE OF THE OLD IDEA that there is a Deity whose will it is that you
should be poor or whose purposes may be served by keeping you in poverty.
The intelligent substance which is all, and in all, and which lives in all and lives in you, is a
consciously living substance. Being a consciously living substance, it must have the nature and inherent
desire of every living intelligence for increase of life. Every living thing must continually seek for the
enlargement of its life, because life, in the mere act of living, must increase itself.
A seed, dropped into the ground, springs into activity, and in the act of living produces a hundred
more seeds; life, by living, multiplies itself. It is forever becoming more. It must do so, if it continues to
be at all.
Intelligence is under this same necessity for continuous increase. Every thought we think makes it
necessary for us to think another thought; consciousness is continually expanding. Every fact we learn
leads us to the learning of another fact; knowledge is continually increasing. Every talent we cultivate
brings to the mind the desire to cultivate another talent; we are subject to the urge of life, seeking
expression, which ever drives us on to know more, to do more, and to be more.
In order to know more, do more, and be more we must have more. We must have things to use, for
we learn, and do, and become only by using things. We must get rich so that we can live more.
The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment. Every desire is the
effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action. It is power seeking to manifest which causes
desire. That which makes you want more money is the same as that which makes the plant grow; it is life
seeking fuller expression.
The one living substance must be subject to this inherent law of all life. It is permeated with the
desire to live more, and that is why it is under the necessity of creating things. The one substance desires
to live more in and through you. Therefore it wants you to have all the things you can use.
It is the desire of God that you should get rich. He wants you to get rich because he can express
himself better through you if you have plenty of things to use in giving him expression. He can live
more in you if you have unlimited command of the means of life.
The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.
Nature is friendly to your plans.
Everything is naturally for you.
Make up your mind that this is true.
It is essential, however, that your purpose should harmonize with the purpose that is in all.
You must want real life, not mere pleasure or sensual gratification. Life is the performance of
function, and the individual really lives only when he performs every function — physical, mental, and
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You do not want to get rich in order to live swinishly, for the gratification of animal desires. That
is not life. But the performance of every physical function is a part of life, and no one lives completely
who denies the impulses of the body a normal and healthful expression.
You do not want to get rich solely to enjoy mental pleasures, to get knowledge, to gratify ambition,
to outshine others, to be famous. All these are a legitimate part of life, but the person who lives for the
pleasures of the intellect alone will only have a partial life, and he will never be satisfied with his lot.
You do not want to get rich solely for the good of others, to lose yourself for the salvation of
mankind, to experience the joys of philanthropy and sacrifice. The joys of the soul are only a part of life,
and they are no better or nobler than any other part.
You want to get rich in order that you may eat, drink, and be merry when it is time to do these
things; in order that you may surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind,
and develop your intellect; in order that you may love others and do kind things, and be able to play a
good part in helping the world to find truth.
But remember that extreme altruism is no better and no nobler than extreme selfishness; both are
Get rid of the idea that God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others and that you can secure his
favor by doing so. God requires nothing of the kind.
What God wants is that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself, and for others. And
you can help others more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.
You can make the most of yourself only by getting rich, so it is right and praiseworthy that you
should give your first and best thought to the work of acquiring wealth.
Remember, however, that the desire of substance is for all, and its movements must be for more life
to all. It cannot be made to work for less life to any, because it is equally in all, seeking riches and life.
Intelligent substance will make things for you, but it will not take things away from someone else
and give them to you.
You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for what is
already created.
You do not have to take anything away from anyone.
You do not have to drive sharp bargains.
You do not have to cheat or to take advantage. You do not need to let anyone work for you for less
than he earns.
You do not have to covet the property of others or to look at it with wishful eyes. No one has
anything of which you cannot have the like, and that without taking what he has away from him.
You are to become a creator, not a competitor. You are going to get what you want, but in such a
way that when you get it every other person whom you affect will have more than he has now.
I am aware that there are those who get a vast amount of money by proceeding in direct opposition
to the statements in the paragraph above, and may add a word of explanation here. Individuals of that
type who become very rich do so sometimes purely by their extraordinary ability on the plane of com-
petition, and sometimes they unconsciously relate themselves to substance in its great purposes and
movements for the general upbuilding through industrial evolution. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, et
al., have been the unconscious agents of the supreme in the necessary work of systematizing and orga-
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for all. But their day is nearly over. They have organized production and will soon be succeeded by the
agents of the multitude, who will organize the machinery of distribution.
They are like the monster reptiles of the prehistoric eras. They play a necessary part in the evolu-
tionary process, but the same power which produced them will dispose of them. And it is well to bear in
mind that they have never been really rich; a record of the private lives of most of this class will show
that they have really been most abject and wretched.
Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent. They are yours to-
day and another’s tomorrow. Remember, if you are to become rich in a scientific and certain way, you
must rise entirely out of competitive thought. You must never think for a moment that the supply is
limited. Just as soon as you begin to think that all the money is being “cornered” and controlled by
others, and that you must exert yourself to get laws passed to stop this process, and so on — in that
moment you drop into the competitive mind and your power to cause creation is gone for the time
And what is worse, you will probably arrest the creative movements you have already begun.
KNOW that there are countless millions of dollars’ worth of gold in the mountains of the earth,
not yet brought to light. And know that if there were not, more would be created from thinking sub-
stance to supply your needs.
KNOW that the money you need will come, even if it is necessary for a thousand men to be led to
the discovery of new gold mines tomorrow.
Never look at the visible supply. Look always at the limitless riches in formless substance, and KNOW
that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them. Nobody, by cornering the visible supply,
can prevent you from getting what is yours.
So never allow yourself to think for an instant that all the best building spots will be taken before
you get ready to build your house, unless you hurry. Never worry about the trusts and combines, and get
anxious for fear they will soon come to own the whole earth. Never get afraid that you will lose what you
want because some other person “beats you to it.” That cannot possibly happen. You are not seeking
anything that is possessed by anybody else; you are causing what you want to be created from formless
substance, and the supply is without limits. Stick to the formulated statement:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates,
penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought, in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can
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CHAPTER 6: How Riches Come To You


How Riches Come To You

WHEN I SAY THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DRIVE SHARP BARGAINS, I do not mean that you do not have
to drive any bargains at all or that you are above the necessity for having any dealings with your fellow
men. I mean that you will not need to deal with them unfairly. You do not have to get something for
nothing, but can give to every person more than you take from him.
You cannot give everyone more in cash market value than you take from him, but you can give him
more in use value than the cash value of the thing you take from him. The paper, ink, and other material
in this book may not be worth the money you pay for it, but if the ideas suggested by it bring you
thousands of dollars, you have not been wronged by those who sold it to you. They have given you a
great use value for a small cash value.
Let us suppose that I own a picture by one of the great artists, which, in a developed society, is
worth thousands of dollars. I take it to Baffin Bay and by “salesmanship” induce a native dweller to give
a bundle of furs worth $500 for it. I have really wronged him, for he has no use for the picture. It has no
use value to him; it will not add to his life.
But suppose I give him a gun worth $50 for his furs. Then he has made a good bargain. He has use
for the gun. It will get him many more furs and much food; it will add to his life in every way. It will
make him rich.
When you rise from the competitive to the creative plane, you can scan your business transactions
very strictly, and if you are selling any person anything which does not add more to his life than the
thing he give you in exchange, you can afford to stop it. You do not have to beat anybody in business.
And if you are in a business which does beat people, get out of it at once.
Give everyone more in use value than you take from him in cash value. Then you are adding to the
life of the world by every business transaction.
If you have people working for you, you must take from them more in cash value than you pay
them in wages, but you can so organize your business that it will be filled with the principle of advance-
ment, and so that each employee who wishes to do so may advance a little every day.
You can make your business do for your employees what this book is doing for you. You can so
conduct your business that it will be a sort of ladder by which every employee who will take the trouble
may climb to riches himself. And given the opportunity, if he will not do so, it is not your fault.
And finally, just because you are to cause the creation of your riches from formless substance which
permeates all your environment, it does not follow that they are to take shape from the atmosphere and
come into being before your eyes.
If you want a sewing machine, for instance, I do not mean to tell you that you are to impress the
thought of a sewing machine on thinking substance until the machine is formed without hands, in the
room where you sit or elsewhere. But if you want a sewing machine, hold the mental image of it with
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have the most absolute and unquestioning faith that the sewing machine is coming. Never think of it or
speak of it in any other way than as being sure to arrive. Claim it as already yours.
It will be brought to you by the power of the supreme intelligence, acting upon the minds of men.
If you live in Maine, it may be that a person will be brought from Texas or Japan to engage in some
transaction which will result in your getting what you want.
If so, the whole matter will be as much to that person’s advantage as it is to yours.
Do not forget for a moment that the thinking substance is through all, in all, communicating with
all, and can influence all. The desire of thinking substance for fuller life and better living has caused the
creation of all the sewing machines already made, and it can cause the creation of millions more — and
will, whenever people set it in motion by desire and faith and by acting in a certain way.
You can certainly have a sewing machine in your house, and it is just as certain that you can have
any other thing or things which you want and which you will use for the advancement of your own life
and the lives of others.
You need not hesitate about asking largely. “It is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom,”
said Jesus.
Original substance wants to live all that is possible in you, and wants you to have all that you can
use and will use for the living of the most abundant life.
If you fix upon your consciousness the fact that your desire for the possession of riches is one with
the desire of the supreme power for more complete expression, your faith becomes invincible.
Once I saw a little boy sitting at a piano, vainly trying to bring harmony out of the keys. I saw that
he was grieved and provoked by his inability to play real music. I asked him the cause of his vexation,
and he answered, “I can feel the music in me, but I can’t make my hands go right.” The music in him
was the URGE of original substance, containing all the possibilities of all life. All that there is of music
was seeking expression through the child.
God, the one substance, is trying to live and do and enjoy things through humanity. He is saying
“I want hands to build wonderful structures, to play divine harmonies, to paint glorious pictures. I want
feet to run my errands, eyes to see my beauties, tongues to tell mighty truths and to sing marvelous
songs,” and so on.
All that there is of possibility is seeking expression through people. God wants those who can play
music to have pianos and every other instrument and to have the means to cultivate their talents to the
fullest extent. He wants those who can appreciate beauty to be able to surround themselves with beau-
tiful things. He wants those who can discern truth to have every opportunity to travel and observe. He
wants those who can appreciate dress to be beautifully clothed, and those who can appreciate good food
to be luxuriously fed.
He wants all these things because it is himself that enjoys and appreciates them; they are his
creation. It is God who wants to play, and sing, and enjoy beauty, and proclaim truth, and wear fine
clothes, and eat good foods. “It is God that worketh in you to will and to do,” said the apostle Paul.
The desire you feel for riches is the infinite, seeking to express himself in you as he sought to find
expression in the little boy at the piano.
So you need not hesitate to ask largely.
Your part is to focus on and express that desire to God.
This is a difficult point with most people. They retain something of the old idea that poverty and
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They have the idea that God has finished his work, and made all that he can make, and that the majority
of people must stay poor because there is not enough to go around. They hold to so much of this
erroneous thought that they feel ashamed to ask for wealth. They try not to want more than a very
modest competence, just enough to make them fairly comfortable.
I recall now the case of one student who was told that he must get in mind a clear picture of the
things he desired, so that the creative thought of them might be impressed on formless substance. He
was a very poor man, living in a rented house and having only what he earned from day to day, and he
could not grasp the fact that all wealth was his. So, after thinking the matter over, he decided that he
might reasonably ask for a new rug for the floor of his best room and a coal stove to heat the house
during the cold weather. Following the instructions given in this book, he obtained these things in a few
And then it dawned upon him that he had not asked enough.
He went through the house in which he lived, and planned all the improvements he would like to
make in it. He mentally added a bay window here and a room there until it was complete in his mind as
his ideal home, and then he planned its furnishings.
Holding the whole picture in his mind, he began living in the certain way and moving toward
what he wanted — and he owns the house now and is rebuilding it after the form of his mental image.
And now, with still larger faith, he is going on to get greater things.
It has been unto him according to his faith, and so it is with you — and with all of us. 17
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CHAPTER 7: Gratitude



THE ILLUSTRATIONS GIVEN IN THE LAST CHAPTER will have conveyed to the reader the fact that the
first step toward getting rich is to convey the idea of your wants to the formless substance.
This is true, and you will see that in order to do so it becomes necessary to relate yourself to the
formless intelligence in a harmonious way.
To secure this harmonious relation is a matter of such primary and vital importance that I shall
give some space to its discussion here and give you instructions which, if you will follow them, will be
certain to bring you into perfect unity of mind with the supreme power, or God.
The whole process of mental adjustment and atunement can be summed up in one word:
First, you believe that there is one intelligent substance, from which all things proceed. Second,
you believe that this substance gives you everything you desire. And third, you relate yourself to it by a
feeling of deep and profound gratitude.
Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of
gratitude. Having received one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with him by
failing to make acknowledgment.
It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall
receive, and it is easy also to understand that the soul that is always grateful lives in closer touch with
God than the one which never looks to him in thankful acknowledgment. The more gratefully we fix
our minds on the supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the
more rapidly they will come. And the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the
mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.
If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the
creative energies of the universe, consider it well, and you will see that it is true. The good things you
have already have come to you along the line of obedience to certain laws. Gratitude will lead your mind
out along the ways by which things come, and it will keep you in close harmony with creative thought
and prevent you from falling into competitive thought.
Gratitude alone can keep you looking toward the all, and prevent you from falling into the error of
thinking of the supply as limited — and to do that would be fatal to your hopes.
There is a law of gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law if you are
to get the results you seek. The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are
always equal and in opposite directions.
The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the supreme intelligence is a liberation
or expenditure of force. It cannot fail to reach that to which it addressed, and the reaction is an instan-
taneous movement toward you. 19
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“Draw nigh unto God, and he will draw nigh unto you.” That is a statement of psychological
truth. And if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in formless substance will be strong and
continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always toward you. Notice the grateful atti-
tude that Jesus took, how he always seems to be saying, “I thank thee, Father, that thou hearest me.” You
cannot exercise much power without gratitude, for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power.
But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future.
Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.
The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you
begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, the squalid, and the
mean — and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental
images to the formless. And the common, the poor, the squalid, and the mean will come to you.
To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself
with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with
the best, and to become the best. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which
we give our attention. We are of thinking substance, too, and thinking substance always takes the form
of that which it thinks about.
The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore it tends to become the best. It takes
the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.
Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expecta-
tion becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith, and every outgoing
wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. The person who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long
retain a living faith, and without a living faith you cannot get rich by the creative method, as we shall see
in the following chapters.
It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you
and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you
should include all things in your gratitude.
Do not waste a lot of time thinking or talking about the shortcomings or wrong actions of those in
power. Their organization of the world has created your opportunity; all you get really comes to you
because of them. Do not rage against corrupt politicians. If it were not for politicians we should fall into
anarchy and your opportunity would be greatly lessened.
God has worked a long time and very patiently to bring us up to where we are in industry and
government, and he is going right on with his work. There is not the least doubt that he will do away
with plutocrats, trust magnates, captains of industry, and politicians as soon as they can be spared, but
in the meantime, they are all very necessary. Remember that they are all helping to arrange the lines of
transmission along which your riches will come to you, and be grateful. This will bring you into harmo-
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CHAPTER 8: Thinking in The Certain Way


Thinking in The Certain Way

TURN BACK TO CHAPTER 6 AND READ AGAIN the story of the man who formed a mental image of his
house and you will get a fair idea of the initial step toward getting rich. You must form a clear and
definite mental picture of what you want. You cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself.
You must have it before you can give it, and many people fail to impress thinking substance
because they have themselves only a vague and misty concept of the things they want to do, to have, or
to become.
It is not enough that you should have a general desire for wealth “to do good with.” Everybody has
that desire.
It is not enough that you should have a wish to travel, see things, live more, etc. Everybody has
those desires also. If you were going to send a wireless message to a friend, you would not send the letters
of the alphabet in their order and let him construct the message for himself, nor would you take words
at random from the dictionary. You would send a coherent sentence, one which meant something.
When you try to impress your wants upon the thinking substance, remember that it must be done
by a coherent statement. You must know what you want and be specific and definite. You can never get
rich or start the creative power into action by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.
Go over your desires just as the man I have described went over his house. See just what you want
and get a clear mental picture of it as you wish it to look when you get it.
That clear mental picture you must have continually in mind. As the sailor has in mind the port
toward which he is sailing the ship, you must keep your face toward it all the time. You must no more
lose sight of it than the helmsman loses sight of the compass.
It is not necessary to take exercises in concentration, nor to set apart special times for prayer and
affirmation, nor to “go into the silence,” nor to do occult stunts of any kind. Some of these things are
well enough, but all you need is to know what you want and to want it badly enough so that it will stay
in your thoughts.
Spend as much of your leisure time as you can in contemplating your picture. But no one needs to
take exercises to concentrate his mind on a thing which he really wants. It is the things you do not really
care about which require effort to fix your attention upon them.
And unless you really want to get rich, so that the desire is strong enough to hold your thoughts
directed to the purpose as the magnetic pole holds the needle of the compass, it will hardly be worth-
while for you to try to carry out the instructions given in this book.
The methods set forth here are for people whose desire for riches is strong enough to overcome
mental laziness and the love of ease, and to make them work.
The more clear and definite you make your picture then, and the more you dwell upon it, bringing
out all its delightful details, the stronger your desire will be. And the stronger your desire, the easier it
will be to hold your mind fixed upon the picture of what you want. 21
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Something more is necessary, however, than merely to see the picture clearly. If that is all you do,
you are only a dreamer, and will have little or no power for accomplishment.
Behind your clear vision must be the purpose to realize it, to bring it out in tangible expression.
And behind this purpose must be an invincible and unwavering FAITH that the thing is already
yours, that it is “at hand” and you have only to take possession of it.
Live in the new house, mentally, until it takes form around you physically. In the mental realm,
enter at once into full enjoyment of the things you want.
“Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them,”
said Jesus.
See the things you want as if they were actually around you all the time. See yourself as owning and
using them. Make use of them in imagination just as you will use them when they are your tangible
possessions. Dwell upon your mental picture until it is clear and distinct, and then take the mental
attitude of ownership toward everything in that picture. Take possession of it, in mind, in the full faith
that it is actually yours. Hold to this mental ownership. Do not waiver for an instant in the faith that it
is real.
And remember what was said in a proceeding chapter about gratitude: Be as thankful for it all the
time as you expect to be when it has taken form. The person who can sincerely thank God for the things
which as yet he owns only in imagination has real faith. He will get rich. He will cause the creation of
whatever he wants.
You do not need to pray repeatedly for things you want. It is not necessary to tell God about it
every day.
Your part is to intelligently formulate your desire for the things which make for a larger life and to
get these desire arranged into a coherent whole, and then to impress this whole desire upon the formless
substance, which has the power and the will to bring you
what you want.
You do not make this impression by repeating strings
of words; you make it by holding the vision with unshakable Keep yourself focused and
PURPOSE to attain it and with steadfast FAITH that you
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You cannot impress the mind of God by having a spe-
cial Sabbath day set apart to tell him what you want, and
then forgetting him during the rest of the week. You cannot
impress him by having special hours to go into your closet and pray, if you then dismiss the matter from
your mind until the hour of prayer comes again.
Oral prayer is well enough, and has its effect, especially upon yourself, in clarifying your vision and
strengthening your faith, but it is not your oral petitions which get you what you want. In order to get
rich you do not need a “sweet hour of prayer;” you need to “pray without ceasing.” And by prayer I mean
holding steadily to your vision, with the purpose to cause its creation into solid form, and the faith that you are
doing so.
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Once you have clearly formed your vision, the whole matter turns on receiving. When you have
formed it, it is well to make an oral statement, addressing the supreme in gratitude. Then, from that
moment on you must, in mind, receive what you ask for.
Live in the new house, wear the fine clothes, ride in the automobile, go on the journey, and
confidently plan for greater journeys. Think and speak of all the things you have asked for in terms of
actual present ownership. Imagine an environment and a financial condition exactly as you want them,
and live all the time in that mental environment and financial condition until they take physical shape.
Mind, however, that you do not do this as a mere dreamer and castle builder. Hold to the FAITH
that the imaginary is being realized and to your PURPOSE to realize it. Remember that it is faith and
purpose in the use of the imagination which make the difference between the scientist and the dreamer.
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CHAPTER 9: How To Use The Will


How To Use The Will

TO SET ABOUT GETTING RICH IN A SCIENTIFIC WAY, you do not try to apply your will power to any-
thing outside of yourself.
You have no right to do so, anyway. It is wrong to apply your will to other men and women in
order to get them to do what you wish done.
It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as it is to coerce them by physical power.
If compelling people by physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, compelling them by
mental means accomplishes exactly the same thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things
from people by physical force is robbery, them taking things by mental force is robbery also. There is no
difference in principle.
You have no right to use your will power upon another person, even “for his own good,” for you do
not know what is for his good. The science of getting rich does not require you to apply power or force
to any other person, in any way whatsoever. There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any
attempt to use your will upon others will only tend to defeat your purpose.
You do not need to apply your will to things in order to compel them to come to you. That would
simply be trying to coerce God and would be foolish and useless.
You do not have to try to compel God to give you good things, any more than you have to use your
will power to make the sun rise.
You do not have to use your will power to conquer an unfriendly Deity, or to make stubborn and
rebellious forces do your bidding. Substance is friendly to you, and is more anxious to give you what you
want than you are to get it.
To get rich, you need only to use your will power upon yourself.
When you know what to think and do, then you must use your will to compel yourself to think
and do the right things. That is the legitimate use of the will in getting what you want — to use it in
holding yourself to the right course.
Use your will to keep yourself thinking and acting in the certain way.
Do not try to project your will, or your thoughts, or your mind out into space to “act” on things or
people. Keep your mind at home. It can accomplish more there than elsewhere.
Use your mind to form a mental image of what you want and to hold that vision with faith and
purpose. And use your will to keep your mind working in the right way.
The more steady and continuous your faith and purpose, the more rapidly you will get rich be-
cause you will make only POSITIVE impressions upon substance, and you will not neutralize or offset
them by negative impressions.
The picture of your desires, held with faith and purpose, is taken up by the formless, and perme-
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As this impression spreads, all things are set moving toward its realization. Every living thing, every
inanimate thing, and the things yet uncreated are stirred toward bringing into being that which you
want. All force begins to be exerted in that direction. All things begin to move toward you. The minds
of people everywhere are influenced toward doing the things necessary to the fulfilling of your desires,
and they work for you, unconsciously.
But you can check all this by starting a negative impression in the formless substance. Doubt or
unbelief is as certain to start a movement away from you as faith and purpose are to start one toward
you. It is by not understanding this that most people make their failure. Every hour and moment you
spend in giving heed to doubts and fears, every hour you spend in worry, every hour in which your soul
is possessed by unbelief, sets a current away from you in the whole domain of intelligent substance. All
the promises are unto them that believe, and unto them only.
Since belief is all important, it behooves you to guard your thoughts, and as your beliefs will be
shaped to a very great extent by the things you observe and think about, it is important that you should
carefully govern to what you give your attention.
And here the will comes into use, for it is by your will that you determine upon what things your
attention shall be fixed.
If you want to become rich, you must not make a study of poverty.
Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. Health is never to be attained
by studying disease and thinking about disease; righteousness is not to be promoted by studying sin and
thinking about sin; and no one ever got rich by studying poverty and thinking about poverty.
Medicine as a science of disease has increased disease; religion as a science of sin has promoted sin,
and economics as a study of poverty will fill the world with wretchedness and want.
Do not talk about poverty, do not investigate it, or concern yourself with it. Never mind what its
causes are; you have nothing to do with them.
What concerns you is the cure.
Do not spend your time in so-called charitable work Do some of these bold statements
or charity movements; most charity only tends to perpetu-
ate the wretchedness it aims to eradicate. I do not say that
challenge or confuse you?
you should be hard-hearted or unkind and refuse to hear Get the insights and thoughts of
the cry of need, but you must not try to eradicate poverty in
any of the conventional ways. Put poverty behind you, and
other like-minded people in the
put all that pertains to it behind you, and “make good.” online discussion group at
Get rich. That is the best way you can help the poor.
And you cannot hold the mental image which is to
make you rich if you fill your mind with pictures of poverty
and all its attendant ills. Do not read books or papers which give circumstantial accounts of the wretch-
edness of the tenement dwellers, of the horrors of child labor, and so on. Do not read anything which
fills your mind with gloomy images of want and suffering.
You cannot help the poor in the least by knowing about these things, and the wide-spread knowl-
edge of them does not tend at all to do away with poverty.
What tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pictures of poverty into your mind, but
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You are not deserting the poor in their misery when you refuse to allow your mind to be filled with
pictures of that misery.
Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of well-to-do people who think
about poverty, but by increasing the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.
The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to
keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour
or two. But inspiration can cause them to rise out of their misery. If you want to help the poor, demon-
strate to them that they can become rich. Prove it by getting rich yourself.
The only way in which poverty will ever be banished from this world is by getting a large and
constantly increasing number of people to practice the teachings of this book.
People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.
Every person who becomes rich by competition knocks down the ladder by which he rises, and
keeps others down, but every person who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow —
and inspires them to do so.
You are not showing hardness of heart or an unfeeling disposition when you refuse to pity poverty,
see poverty, read about poverty, or think or talk about it, or to listen to those who do talk about it. Use
your will power to keep your mind OFF the subject of poverty and to keep it fixed with faith and
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Further Use of The Will

YOU CANNOT RETAIN A TRUE AND CLEAR VISION OF WEALTH if you are constantly turning your atten-
tion to opposing pictures, whether they be external or imaginary.
Do not tell of your past troubles of a financial nature, if you have had them. Do not think of them
at all. Do not tell of the poverty of your parents or the hardships of your early life. To do any of these
things is to mentally class yourself with the poor for the time being, and it will certainly check the
movement of things in your direction. Put poverty and all things that pertain to poverty completely
behind you.
You have accepted a certain theory of the universe as being correct, and are resting all your hopes
of happiness on its being correct. What can you gain by giving heed to conflicting theories?
Do not read books which tell you that the world is soon coming to an end, and do not read the
writing of muckrakers and pessimistic philosophers who tell you that it is going to the devil. The world
is not going to the devil; it is going to God. It is a wonderful becoming.
True, there may be a good many things in existing conditions which are disagreeable, but what is
the use of studying them when they are certainly passing away and when the study of them only tends
to slow their passing and keep them with us? Why give time and attention to things which are being
removed by evolutionary growth, when you can hasten their removal only by promoting the evolution-
ary growth as far as your part of it goes?
No matter how horrible in seeming may be the conditions in certain countries, sections, or places,
you waste your time and destroy your own chances by dwelling on them.
You should interest yourself in the world’s becoming rich.
Think of the riches the world is coming into instead of the poverty it is growing out of, and bear in
mind that the only way in which you can assist the world in growing rich is by growing rich yourself
through the creative method, not the competitive one.
Give your attention wholly to riches. Do not focus on poverty. Whenever you think or speak of
those who are poor, think and speak of them as those who are becoming rich, as those who are to be
congratulated rather than pitied. Then they and others will catch the inspiration, and begin to search
for the way out.
Because I say that you are to give your whole time and mind and thought to riches, it does not
follow that you are to be sordid or mean.
To become really rich is the noblest aim you can have in life, for it includes everything else.
On the competitive plane, the struggle to get rich is a Godless scramble for power over others, but
when we come into the creative mind, all this is changed. All that is possible in the way of greatness, of
service and lofty endeavor, comes by way of getting rich, because all is made possible by the use of things.
You can aim at nothing so great or noble, I repeat, as to become rich, and you must fix your attention
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Some people remain in poverty because they are ignorant of the fact that there is wealth for them,
and these can best be taught by showing them the way to affluence in your own person and practice.
Others are poor because, while they feel that there is a way out, they are too intellectually indolent
to put forth the mental effort necessary to find that way and travel it. For these, the very best thing you
can do is to arouse their desire by showing them the happiness that comes from being rightly rich.
Others still are poor because, while they have some notion of science, they have become so swamped
and lost in the maze of theories that they do not know which road to take. They try a mixture of many
systems and fail in all. For these, again, the very best thing to do is to show the right way in your own
person and practice. An ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing.
The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.
You can serve God and humanity in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if you get
rich by the creative method and not by the competitive one.
Another thing. We assert that this book gives in detail the principles of the science of getting rich,
and if that is true, you do not need to read any other book upon the subject. This may sound narrow
and egotistical, but consider: There is no more scientific method of computation in mathematics than
by addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; no other method is possible. There can be but
one shortest distance between two points. There is only one way to think scientifically, and that is to
think in the way that leads by the most direct and simple route to the goal. No one has yet formulated
a briefer or less complex “system” than the one set forth here. It has been stripped of all non-essentials.
When you commence on this, lay all others aside. Put them out of your mind altogether.
Read this book every day. Keep it with you. Commit it to memory, and do not think about other
“systems” and theories. If you do, you will begin to have doubts and to be uncertain and wavering in
your thought, and then you will begin to make failures. After you have made good and become rich,
you may study other systems as much as you please.
And read only the most optimistic comments on the world’s news — those in harmony with your
picture. Also, do not dabble in theosophy, spiritualism, or kindred studies. Perhaps the dead still live
and are near, but if they are, let them alone; mind your own business.
Wherever the spirits of the dead may be, they have their own work to do, and we have no right to
interfere with them. We cannot help them, and it is very doubtful whether they can help us, or whether
we have any right to trespass upon their time if they can. Let the dead and the hereafter alone, and solve
your own problem: Get rich. If you begin to mix with the occult, you will start mental cross-currents
which will surely bring your hopes to shipwreck.
Now, this and the preceding chapters have brought us to the following statement of basic facts:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates,
penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can
cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; he must form a clear
mental picture of the things he wants, and hold this picture in his thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE to get
what he wants, and the unwavering FAITH that he does get what he wants, closing his mind against all that
may tend to shake his purpose, dim his vision, or quench his faith.
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Acting in The Certain Way

THOUGHT IS THE CREATIVE POWER or the impelling force which causes the creative power to act.
Thinking in a certain way will bring riches to you, but you must not rely upon thought alone, paying no
attention to personal action. That is the rock upon which many otherwise scientific thinkers meet
shipwreck — the failure to connect thought with personal action.
We have not yet reached the stage of development, even supposing such a stage to be possible, in
which a person can create directly from formless substance without nature’s processes or the work of
human hands. A person must not only think, but his personal action must supplement his thought.
By thought you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled toward you, but
it will not mine itself, refine itself, coin itself into double eagles, and come rolling along the roads,
seeking its way into your pocket.
Under the impelling power of the supreme spirit, people’s affairs will be so ordered that someone
will be led to mine the gold for you. Other people’s business transactions will be so directed that the
gold will be brought toward you. And you must so arrange your own business affairs that you may be
able to receive it when it comes to you. Your thought makes all things, animate and inanimate, work to
bring you what you want, but your personal activity must be such that you can rightly receive what you
want when it reaches you. You are not to take it as charity, nor to steal it. You must give every man more
in use value than he gives you in cash value.
The scientific use of thought consists in forming a clear and distinct mental image of what you
want, in holding fast to your purpose to get what you want, and in realizing with grateful faith that you
do get what you want.
Do not try to “project” your thought in any mysterious or occult way, with the idea of having it go
out and do things for you. That is wasted effort and will weaken your power to think with sanity.
The action of thought in getting rich is fully explained in the preceding chapters: Your faith and
purpose positively impress your vision upon formless substance, which has the same desire for more life
that you have, and this vision, received from you, sets all the creative forces at work in and through their
regular channels of action, but directed toward you.
It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative process. All you have to do with that is to retain
your vision, stick to your purpose, and maintain your faith and gratitude.
But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what is yours when it comes to you
and so that you can meet the things you have in your picture and put them in their proper places as they
You can really see the truth of this. When things reach you, they will be in the hands of others, who
will ask an equivalent for them. And you can only get what is yours by giving the other person what is
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Your pocketbook is not going to be transformed into a Fortunata’s purse, which shall be always full
of money without effort on your part.
This is the crucial point in the science of getting rich — right here, where thought and personal
action must be combined. There are very many people who, consciously or unconsciously, set the
creative forces in action by the strength and persistence of their desires, but who remain poor because
they do not provide for the reception of the thing they want when it comes.
By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.
Whatever your action is to be, it is evident that you must act NOW. You cannot act in the past, and
it is essential to the clearness of your mental vision that you dismiss the past from your mind. You
cannot act in the future, for the future is not here yet. And you cannot tell how you will want to act in
any future contingency until that contingency has arrived.
Because you are not in the right business or the right environment now, do not think that you
must postpone action until you get into the right business or environment. And do not spend time in
the present taking thought as to the best course in possible future emergencies; have faith in your ability
to meet any emergency when it arrives.
If you act in the present with your mind on the future, your present action will be with a divided
mind, and will not be effective.
Put your whole mind into present action.
Do not give your creative impulse to original substance, and then sit down and wait for results. If
you do, you will never get them. Act now. There is never any time but now, and there never will be any
time but now. If you are ever to begin to make ready for the reception of what you want, you must begin
And your action, whatever it is, must most likely be in your present business or employment, and
must be upon the persons and things in your present environment.
You cannot act where you are not, you cannot act where you have been, and you cannot act where
you are going to be. You can act only where you are.
Do not bother as to whether yesterday’s work was well done or ill done; do today’s work well.
Do not try to do tomorrow’s work now; there will be plenty of time to do that when you get to it.
Do not try, by occult or mystical means, to act on people or things that are out of your reach.
Do not wait for a change of environment, before you act; get a change of environment by action.
You can so act upon the environment in which you are now, as to cause yourself to be transferred
to a better environment.
Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better environment, but act upon your
present environment with all your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.
Do not spend any time in day dreaming or castle building; hold to the one vision of what you
want, and act NOW.
Do not cast about, seeking some new thing to do or some strange, unusual, or remarkable action
to perform as a first step toward getting rich. It is probable that your actions, at least for some time to
come, will be the same ones you have been performing for some time past, but you are to begin now to
perform these actions in the certain way, which will surely make you rich.
If you are engaged in some business, and feel that it is not the right one for you, do not wait until
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Do not feel discouraged or sit down and lament because you are misplaced. No one is so misplaced
that he cannot find the right place, and no one is so involved in the wrong business that he cannot get
into the right business.
Hold the vision of yourself in the right business, with the purpose to get into it and the faith that
you will get into it and are getting into it, but ACT in your present business. Use your present business
as the means of getting a better one, and use your present environment as the means of getting into a
better one. Your vision of the right business, if held with faith and purpose, will cause the supreme
power to move the right business toward you. And your action, if performed in the certain way, will
cause you to move toward the business.
If you are an employee or wage earner and feel that you must change places in order to get what
you want, do not “project” your thought into space and rely upon it to get you another job. It will
probably fail to do so.
Hold the vision of yourself in the job you want while you ACT with faith and purpose on the job
you have, and you will certainly get the job you want.
Your vision and faith will set the creative force in motion to bring it toward you, and your action
will cause the forces in your own environment to move you toward the place you want. In closing this
chapter, we will add another statement to our syllabus:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates,
penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can
cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; he must form a clear
mental picture of the things he wants, and hold this picture in his thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE to get
what he wants, and the unwavering FAITH that he does get what he wants, closing his mind to all that may
tend to shake his purpose, dim his vision, or quench his faith.
So that he may receive what he wants when it comes, a person must act NOW upon the people and
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Efficient Action

YOU MUST USE YOUR THOUGHT AS DIRECTED in previous chapters and begin to do what you can do
where you are, and you must do ALL that you can do where you are.
You can advance only by being larger than your present place, and no one is larger than his present
place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to that place.
The world is advanced only by those who more than fill their present places.
If no one quite filled his present place, you can see that there must be a going backward in every-
thing. Those who do not quite fill their present places are dead weight upon society, government,
commerce, and industry. They must be carried along by others at a great expense. The progress of the
world is slowed only by those who do not fill the places they are holding. They belong to a former age
and their tendency is toward degeneration. No society could advance if everyone was smaller than his
place; social evolution is guided by the law of physical and mental evolution.
In the animal world, evolution is caused by excess of life. When an organism has more life than can
be expressed in the functions of its own plane, it develops the organs of a higher plane, and a new species
is originated.
There never would have been new species had there not been organisms which more than filled
their places. The law is exactly the same for you: Your getting rich depends upon your applying this
principle to your own affairs.
Every day is either a successful day or a day of failure, and it is the successful days which get you
what you want. If every day is a failure you can never get rich, while if every day is a success, you cannot
fail to get rich.
If there is something that may be done today and you do not do it, you have failed insofar as that
thing is concerned — and the consequences may be more disastrous than you imagine.
You cannot foresee the results of even the most trivial act. You do not know the workings of all the
forces that have been set moving in your behalf. Much may be depending on your doing some simple
act, and it may be the very thing which is to open the door of opportunity to very great possibilities. You
can never know all the combinations which supreme intelligence is making for you in the world of
things and of human affairs. Your neglect or failure to do some small thing may cause a long delay in
getting what you want.
Do, every day, ALL that can be done that day.
There is, however, a limitation or qualification of the above that you must take into account.
You are not to overwork, nor to rush blindly into your business in the effort to do the greatest
possible number of things in the shortest possible time.
You are not to try to do tomorrow’s work today, nor to do a week’s work in a day. It is really not the
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Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure.

Every act is, in itself, either effective and efficient or ineffective and inefficient.
Every inefficient act is a failure, and if you spend your life in doing inefficient acts, your whole life
will be a failure. The more things you do, the worse for you — if all your acts are inefficient ones.
On the other hand, every efficient act is a success in itself, and if every act of your life is an efficient
one, your whole life must be a success.
The cause of failure is doing too many things in an inefficient manner and not doing enough
things in an efficient manner.
You will see that it is a self-evident proposition that if you do not do any inefficient acts and if you
do a sufficient number of efficient acts, you will become rich. If, now, it is possible for you to make each
act an efficient one, you see again that the getting of riches is reduced to an exact science, like math-
The matter turns, then, on the question of whether you can make each separate act a success in
itself. And this you can certainly do. You can make each act a success, because ALL power is working
with you, and ALL power cannot fail.
Power is at your service, and to make each act efficient you have only to put power into it.
Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong, you are acting in the certain
way which will make you rich.
Every act can be made strong and efficient by holding your vision while you are doing it and
putting the whole power of your FAITH and PURPOSE into it.
It is at this point that the people who separate mental power from personal action fail. They use
the power of mind in one place and at one time, and they act in another way in another place and at
another time. So their acts are not successful in themselves; too many of them are inefficient. But if ALL
power goes into every act, no matter how commonplace, every act will be a success in itself. And since
it is the nature of things that every success opens the way to other successes, your progress toward what
you want and the progress of what you want toward you, will become increasingly rapid.
Remember that successful action is cumulative in its results. Since the desire for more life is inher-
ent in all things, when a person begins to move toward larger life, more things attach themselves to him,
and the influence of his desire is multiplied.
Do, every day, all that you can do that day, and do each act in an efficient manner.
In saying that you must hold your vision while you are doing each act, however trivial or common-
place, I do not mean to say that it is necessary at all times to see the vision distinctly to its smallest
details. It should be the work of your leisure hours to use your imagination on the details of your vision
and to contemplate them until they are firmly fixed upon memory. If you wish speedy results, spend
practically all your spare time in this practice.
By continuous contemplation you will get the picture of what you want — even to the smallest
details — so firmly fixed upon your mind and so completely transferred to the mind of formless sub-
stance, that in your working hours you need only to mentally refer to the picture to stimulate your faith
and purpose and cause your best effort to be put forth.
Contemplate your picture in your leisure hours until your consciousness is so full of it that you can
grasp it instantly. You will become so enthused with its bright promises that the mere thought of it will
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Let us again repeat our syllabus, and by slightly changing the closing statements bring it to the
point we have now reached.
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates,
penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can
cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. He must form a clear
mental picture of the things he wants, and must do — with faith and purpose — all that can be done each
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CHAPTER 13: Getting Into The Right Business


Getting Into The Right Business

SUCCESS, IN ANY PARTICULAR BUSINESS, depends for one thing upon your possessing, in a well-devel-
oped state, the faculties required in that business.
Without good musical faculty no one can succeed as a teacher of music. Without well-developed
mechanical faculties no one can achieve great success in any of the mechanical trades. Without tact and
the commercial faculties no one can succeed in mercantile pursuits. But to possess in a well-developed
state the faculties required in your particular vocation does not insure getting rich. There are musicians
who have remarkable talent, and who yet remain poor. There are blacksmiths, carpenters, and so on
who have excellent mechanical ability, but who do not get rich. And there are merchants with good
faculties for dealing with people who nevertheless fail.
The different faculties are tools. It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the
tools should be used in the right way. One man can take a sharp saw, a square, a good plane, and so on,
and build a handsome article of furniture. Another man can take the same tools and set to work to
duplicate the article, but his production will be a botch. He does not know how to use good tools in a
successful way.
The various faculties of your mind are the tools with which you must do the work which is to
make you rich. So it will be easier for you to succeed if you get into a business for which you are well
equipped with mental tools.
Generally speaking, you will do best in that business which will use your strongest faculties — the
one for which you are naturally “best fitted.” But there are limitations to this statement also. No one
should regard his vocation as being irrevocably fixed by the tendencies with which he was born.
You can get rich in ANY business, for if you have not the right talent, you can develop that talent.
It merely means that you will have to make your tools as you go along, instead of confining yourself to
the use of those with which you were born. It will be EASIER for you to succeed in a vocation for which
you already have the talents in a well-developed state;, but you CAN succeed in any vocation, for you
can develop any rudimentary talent, and there is no talent of which you have not at least the rudiment.
You will get rich most easily in terms of effort, if you do that for which you are best fitted, but you
will get rich most satisfactorily if you do that which you WANT to do.
Doing what you want to do is life, and there is no real satisfaction in living if we are compelled to
be forever doing something which we do not like to do and can never do what we want to do. And it is
certain that you can do what you want to do. The desire to do it is proof that you have within you the
power which can do it.
Desire is a manifestation of power.
The desire to play music is the power which can play music seeking expression and development.
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Where there is no power, either developed or undeveloped, to do a thing, there is never any desire
to do that thing, and where there is strong desire to do a thing, it is certain proof that the power to do
it is strong and only requires to be developed and applied in the right way.
All other things being equal, it is best to select the business for which you have the best developed
talent, but if you have a strong desire to engage in any particular line of work, you should select that
work as the ultimate end at which you aim.
You can do what you want to do, and it is your right and privilege to follow the business or
avocation which will be most congenial and pleasant. You are not obliged to do what you do not like to
do, and should not do it except as a means to bring you to the doing of the thing you want to do.
If there are past mistakes whose consequences have placed you in an undesirable business or envi-
ronment, you may be obliged for some time to do what you do not like to do, but you can make the
doing of it pleasant by knowing that it is making it possible for you to come to the doing of what you
want to do.
If you feel that you are not in the right vocation, do not act too hastily in trying to get into another
one. The best way, generally, to change business or environment is by growth.
Do not be afraid to make a sudden and radical change if the opportunity is presented and you feel
after careful consideration that it is the right opportunity, but never take sudden or radical action when
you are in doubt as to the wisdom of doing so.
There is never any hurry on the creative plane, and there is no lack of opportunity.
When you get out of the competitive mind you will understand that you never need to act hastily.
No one else is going to beat you to the thing you want to do; there is enough for all. If one space is taken,
another and a better one will be opened for you a little farther on; there is plenty of time. When you are
in doubt, wait. Fall back on the contemplation of your vision, and increase your faith and purpose. And
by all means, in times of doubt and indecision, cultivate gratitude.
A day or two spent in contemplating the vision of what you want and in earnest thanksgiving that
you are getting it will bring your mind into such close relationship with the supreme that you will make
no mistake when you do act.
There is a mind which knows all there is to know, and you can come into close unity with this
mind by faith and the purpose to advance in life, if you have deep gratitude.
Mistakes come from acting hastily or from acting in fear or doubt or in forgetfulness of the right
motive, which is more life to all, and less to none.
As you go on in the certain way, opportunities will come to you in increasing number, and you will
need to be very steady in your faith and purpose, and to keep in close touch with the supreme mind by
reverent gratitude.
Do all that you can do in a perfect manner every day, but do it without haste, worry, or fear. Go as
fast as you can, but never hurry.
Remember that in the moment you begin to hurry you cease to be a creator and become a com-
petitor. You drop back upon the old plane again.
Whenever you find yourself hurrying, call a halt. Fix your attention on the mental image of the
thing you want and begin to give thanks that you are getting it. The exercise of GRATITUDE will never
fail to strengthen your faith and renew your purpose.

CHAPTER 14: The Impression of Increase


The Impression of Increase

WHETHER YOU CHANGE YOUR VOCATION OR NOT, your actions for the present must be those pertain-
ing to the business in which you are now engaged.
You can get into the business you want by making constructive use of the business you are already
established in — by doing your daily work in the certain way.
And insofar as your business consists in dealing with other people, whether personally or by letter,
the key thought of all your efforts must be to convey to their minds the impression of increase.
Increase is what all men and all women are seeking; it is the urge of the formless intelligence within
them seeking fuller expression.
The desire for increase is inherent in all nature; it is the fundamental impulse of the universe. All
human activities are based on the desire for increase. People are seeking more food, more clothes, better
shelter, more luxury, more beauty, more knowledge, more pleasure — increase in something, more life.
Every living thing is under this necessity for continuous advancement; where increase of life ceases,
dissolution and death set in at once.
Man instinctively knows this, and therefore he is forever seeking more. This law of perpetual
increase is set forth by Jesus in the parable of the talents: Only those who gain more retain any; from
him who has not shall be taken away even that which he has.
The normal desire for increased wealth is not an evil or a reprehensible thing. It is simply the desire
for more abundant life. It is aspiration.
And because it is the deepest instinct of their natures, all men and women are attracted to those
who can give them more of the means of life.
In following the certain way as described in the foregoing pages, you are getting continuous in-
crease for yourself, and you are giving it to all with whom you deal.
You are a creative center from which increase is given off to all.
Be sure of this, and convey assurance of the fact to every man, woman, and child with whom you
come in contact. No matter how small the transaction, even if it be only the selling of a stick of candy
to a little child, put into it the thought of increase, and make sure that the customer is impressed with
the thought.
Convey the impression of advancement with everything you do, so that all people shall receive the
impression that you are an “advancing personality,” and that you advance all who deal with you. Even to
the people whom you meet in a social way — without any thought of business and to whom you do not
try to sell anything — give the thought of increase.
You can convey this impression by holding the unshakable faith that you, yourself, are in the way
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Do everything that you do in the firm conviction that you are an advancing personality and that
you are giving advancement to everybody.
Feel that you are getting rich, and that in so doing you are making others rich and conferring
benefits on all.
Do not boast or brag of your success or talk about it unnecessarily; true faith is never boastful.
Wherever you find a boastful person, you find one who is secretly doubtful and afraid. Simply feel
the faith, and let it work out in every transaction. Let every act and tone and look express the quiet
assurance that you are getting rich — that you are already rich. Words will not be necessary to commu-
nicate this feeling to others. They will feel the sense of increase when in your presence, and will be
attracted to you again.
You must so impress others that they will feel that in associating with you they will get increase for
themselves. See that you give them a use value greater than the cash value you are taking from them.
Take an honest pride in doing this and let everybody know it, and you will have no lack of custom-
ers. People will go where they are given increase, and the supreme, which desires increase in all and
which knows all, will move toward you men and women who have never heard of you. Your business
will increase rapidly, and you will be surprised at the unexpected benefits which will come to you. You
will be able from day to day to make larger combinations, secure greater advantages, and to go on into
a more congenial vocation if you desire to do so.
But doing thing all this, you must never lose sight of your vision of what you want or your faith
and purpose to get what you want.
Let me here give you another word of caution in regard to motives: Beware of the insidious temp-
tation to seek for power over other people.
Nothing is so pleasant to the unformed or partially developed mind as the exercise of power or
dominion over others. The desire to rule for selfish gratification has been the curse of the world. For
countless ages kings and lords have drenched the earth with blood in their battles to extend their do-
minions — not to seek more life for all, but to get more power for themselves.
Today, the main motive in the business and industrial world is the same: Men marshal their armies
of dollars and lay waste the lives and hearts of millions in the same mad scramble for power over others.
Commercial kings, like political kings, are inspired by the lust for power.
Look out for the temptation to seek for authority, to become a “master,” to be considered as one
who is above the common herd, to impress others by lavish display, and so on.
The mind that seeks for mastery over others is the competitive mind, and the competitive mind is
not the creative one. In order to master your environment and your destiny, it is not at all necessary that
you should rule over your fellow men, and, indeed, when you fall into the world’s struggle for the high
places, you begin to be conquered by fate and environment and your getting rich becomes a matter of
chance and speculation.
Beware of the competitive mind! No better statement of the principle of creative action can be
formulated than the favorite declaration of the late “Golden Rule” Jones of Toledo: “What I want for
myself, I want for everybody.”

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The Advancing Personality

WHAT I HAVE SAID IN THE LAST CHAPTER APPLIES as well to the professional person and the wage-
earner as to the person who is engaged in selling or any other form of business.
No matter whether you are a physician, a teacher, or a clergyman, if you can give increase of life to
others and make them sensible of that fact, they will be attracted to you, and you will get rich. The
physician who holds the vision of himself as a great and successful healer, and who works toward the
complete realization of that vision with faith and purpose, as described in former chapters, will come
into such close touch with the source of life that he will be phenomenally successful; patients will come
to him in throngs.
No one has a greater opportunity to carry into effect the teaching of this book than the practitio-
ner of medicine. It does not matter to which of the various schools he may belong, for the principle of
healing is common to all of them and may be reached by all alike. The “advancing man” in medicine,
who holds to a clear mental image of himself as successful, and who obeys the laws of faith, purpose, and
gratitude, will cure every curable case he undertakes.
In the field of religion, the world cries out for the clergyman who can teach his hearers the true
science of abundant life. He who masters the details of the science of getting rich, together with the
allied sciences of being well, of being great, and of winning love, and who teaches these details from the
pulpit, will never lack for a congregation. This is a gospel that the world needs; it will give increase of
life, and people will hear it gladly and give liberal support to the person who brings it to them.
What is now needed is a demonstration of the science of life from the pulpit. We want preachers
who can not only tell us how, but who in their own persons will show us how. We need the preacher who
will himself be rich, healthy, great, and beloved, to teach us how to attain to these things, and when he
comes he will find a numerous and loyal following.
The same is true of the teacher who can inspire the children with the faith and purpose of the
advancing life. He will never be “out of a job.” And any teacher who has this faith and purpose can give
it to his pupils. He cannot help giving it to them if it is part of his own life and practice.
What is true of the teacher, preacher, and physician is true of the lawyer, dentist, real estate agent,
insurance agent — of everybody.
The combined mental and personal action I have described is infallible; it cannot fail. Every man
and woman who follows these instructions steadily, perseveringly, and to the letter, will get rich. The
law of the increase of life is as mathematically certain in its operation as the law of gravity. Getting rich
is an exact science.
The wage-earner will find this as true of his case as of any of the others mentioned. Do not feel that
you have no chance to get rich because you are working where there is no visible opportunity for
advancement, where wages are small and the cost of living high. Form your clear mental vision of what
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Do all the work you can do, every day, and do each piece of work in a perfectly successful manner.
Put the power of success and the purpose to get rich into everything that you do.
But do not do this merely with the idea of currying favor with your employer, in the hope that he,
or those above you, will see your good work and advance you. It is not likely that they will do so.
The person who is merely a “good” worker, filling his place to the very best of his ability and
satisfied with that, is valuable to his employer, and it is not to the employer’s interest to promote him.
He is worth more where he is.
To secure advancement, something more is necessary than to be too large for your place.
The person who is certain to advance is the one who is too big for his place, who has a clear
concept of what he wants to be, who knows that he can become what he wants to be, and who is
determined to BE what he wants to be.
Do not try to more than fill your present place with a view to pleasing your employer. Do it with
the idea of advancing yourself. Hold the faith and purpose of increase during work hours, after work
hours, and before work hours. Hold it in such a way that every person who comes in contact with you,
whether foreman, fellow worker, or social acquaintance, will feel the power of purpose radiating from
you — so that everyone will get the sense of advancement and increase from you. People will be at-
tracted to you, and if there is no possibility for advancement in your present job, you will very soon see
an opportunity to take another job.
There is a power which never fails to present opportunity to the advancing personality who is
moving in obedience to law. God cannot help helping you if you act in a certain way. He must do so in
order to help himself.
There is nothing in your circumstances or in the industrial situation that can keep you down. If
you cannot get rich working for the steel trust, you can get rich on a ten-acre farm. And if you begin to
move in the certain way, you will certainly escape from the “clutches” of the steel trust and get on to the
farm or wherever else you wish to be.
If a few thousands of its employees would enter upon the certain way, the steel trust would soon be
in a bad plight. It would have to give its workers more opportunity or go out of business. Nobody has to
work for a trust. The trusts can keep people in so called hopeless conditions only so long as there are
people who are ignorant of the science of getting rich or too intellectually slothful to practice it.
Begin this way of thinking and acting, and your faith and purpose will make you quick to see any
opportunity to better your condition. Such opportunities will speedily come, for the supreme power,
working in all and working for you, will bring them before you.
Do not wait for an opportunity to be all that you want to be. When an opportunity to be more
than you are now is presented and you feel impelled toward it, take it. It will be the first step toward a
greater opportunity.
There is no such thing possible in this universe as a lack of opportunities for the person who is
living the advancing life.
It is inherent in the constitution of the cosmos that all things shall be for him and work together
for his good, and he must certainly get rich if he acts and thinks in the certain way. So let wage-earning
men and women study this book with great care and enter with confidence upon the course of action it
prescribes. It will not fail.

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Some Cautions and Concluding Observations

MANY PEOPLE WILL SCOFF AT THE IDEA that there is an exact science of getting rich. Holding the
impression that the supply of wealth is limited, they will insist that social and governmental institutions
must be changed before even any considerable number of people can acquire a competence.
But this is not true.
It is true that existing governments keep the masses in poverty, but this is because the masses do
not think and act in the certain way.
If the masses begin to move forward as suggested in this book, neither governments nor industrial
systems can check them; all systems must be modified to accommodate the forward movement.
If the people have the advancing mind, have the faith that they can become rich, and move for-
ward with the fixed purpose to become rich, nothing can possibly keep them in poverty.
Individuals may enter upon the certain way at any time and under any government and make
themselves rich. And when any considerable number of individuals do so under any government, they
will cause the system to be so modified as to open the way for others.
The more people who get rich on the competitive plane, the worse for others. The more who get
rich on the creative plane, the better for others.
The economic salvation of the masses can only be accomplished by getting a large number of
people to practice the scientific method set down in this book and become rich. These will show others
the way and inspire them with a desire for real life, with the faith that it can be attained, and with the
purpose to attain it.
For the present, however, it is enough to know that neither the government under which you live
nor the capitalistic or competitive system of industry can keep you from getting rich. When you enter
upon the creative plane of thought you will rise above all these things and become a citizen of another
But remember that your thought must be held upon the creative plane. You are never for an
instant to be betrayed into regarding the supply as limited or into acting on the moral level of competition.
Whenever you do fall into old ways of thought, correct yourself instantly. For when you are in the
competitive mind, you have lost the cooperation of the supreme mind.
Do not spend any time in planning as to how you will meet possible emergencies in the future,
except as the necessary policies may affect your actions today. You are concerned with doing today’s
work in a perfectly successful manner and not with emergencies which may arise tomorrow. You can
attend to them as they come.
Do not concern yourself with questions as to how you shall surmount obstacles which may loom
upon your business horizon unless you can see plainly that your course must be altered today in order to
avoid them. 45
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No matter how tremendous an obstruction may appear at a distance, you will find that if you go
on in the certain way it will disappear as you approach it, or that a way over, under, through, or around
it will appear.
No possible combination of circumstances can defeat a man or woman who is proceeding to get
rich along strictly scientific lines. No man or woman who obeys the law can fail to get rich, any more
than one can multiply two by two and fail to get four.
Give no anxious thought to possible disasters, obstacles, panics, or unfavorable combinations of
circumstances. There is time enough to meet such things when they present themselves before you in
the immediate present, and you will find that every difficulty carries with it the wherewithal for its
Guard your speech. Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or
discouraging way.
Never admit the possibility of failure or speak in a way that infers failure as a possibility.
Never speak of the times as being hard or of business conditions as being doubtful. Times may be
hard and business doubtful for those who are on the competitive plane, but they can never be so for you.
You can create what you want, and you are above fear.
When others are having hard times and poor business, you will find your greatest opportunities.
Train yourself to think of and to look upon the world as a something which is becoming, which is
growing, and to regard seeming evil as being only that which is undeveloped. Always speak in terms of
advancement. To do otherwise is to deny your faith, and to deny your faith is to lose it.
Never allow yourself to feel disappointed. You may expect to have a certain thing at a certain time
and not get it at that time, and this will appear to you like failure. But if you hold to your faith you will
find that the failure is only apparent.
Go on in the certain way, and if you do not receive that thing, you will receive something so much
better that you will see that the seeming failure was really a great success.
A student of this science had set his mind on making a certain business combination which seemed
to him at the time to be very desirable, and he worked for some weeks to bring it about. When the
crucial time came, the thing failed in a perfectly inexplicable way. It was as if some unseen influence had
been working secretly against him. But he was not disappointed. On the contrary, he thanked God that
his desire had been overruled, and went steadily on with a grateful mind. In a few weeks an opportunity
so much better came his way that he would not have made the first deal on any account, and he saw that
a mind which knew more than he knew had prevented him from losing the greater good by entangling
himself with the lesser.
That is the way every seeming failure will work out for you, if you keep your faith, hold to your
purpose, have gratitude, and do — every day — all that can be done that day, doing each separate act in
a successful manner.
When you make a failure, it is because you have not asked for enough. Keep on, and a larger thing
then you were seeking will certainly come to you. Remember this.
You will not fail because you lack the necessary talent to do what you wish to do. If you go on as I
have directed, you will develop all the talent that is necessary to the doing of your work.
It is not within the scope of this book to deal with the science of cultivating talent, but it is as
certain and simple as the process of getting rich.

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However, do not hesitate or waver for fear that when you come to any certain place you will fail for
lack of ability. Keep right on, and when you come to that place, the ability will be furnished to you. The
same source of ability which enabled the untaught Lincoln to do the greatest work in government ever
accomplished by a single man is open to you. You may draw upon all the mind there is for wisdom to
use in meeting the responsibilities which are laid upon you. Go on in full faith.
Study this book. Make it your constant companion until you have mastered all the ideas contained
in it. While you are getting firmly established in this faith, you will do well to give up most recreations
and pleasure and to stay away from places where ideas conflicting with these are advanced in lectures or
sermons. Do not read pessimistic or conflicting literature or get into arguments upon the matter.
Spend most of your leisure time in contemplating your vision, in cultivating gratitude, and in
reading this book. It contains all you need to know of the science of getting rich, and you will find all
the essentials summed up in the following chapter. 47
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A Summary of The Science of Getting Rich

permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
A person can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance
can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. Otherwise he
cannot be in harmony with formless intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.
A person may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and
sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the
intelligence of substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the formless. A person can remain upon
the creative plane only by uniting himself with the formless intelligence through a deep and continuous
feeling of gratitude.
A person must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to
become, and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the supreme
that all his desires are granted to him. The person who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in
contemplating his vision, and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him. Too much
stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with
unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the
formless and the creative forces set in motion.
The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth, and of the industrial
and social order. All that is included in his mental image will surely be brought to the person who follows
the instructions given above, and whose faith does not waver. What he wants will come to him through
the ways of established trade and commerce.
In order to receive his own when it is ready to come to him, a person must be in action in a way that
causes him to more than fill his present place. He must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through
realization of his mental image. And he must do, every day, all that can be done that day, taking care to
do each act in a successful manner. He must give to every person a use value in excess of the cash value he
receives, so that each transaction makes for more life, and he must hold the advancing thought so that
the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes into contact.
The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get rich, and the riches
they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the
steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude. 49
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